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Like the BEng, this course includes many of the modules featured on our general aerospace engineering course, as well as special modules on the design of space vehicles, rocket propulsion, space flight control and satellite communication systems. However, in your MEng year you’ll deepen your skills and knowledge, taking extra modules in aerospace embedded systems, computational fluid dynamics and human resource management. As with the BEng, you’ll have the chance to join with other aerospace students to design a complete aircraft. You’ll also work with astrophysicists to design a space vehicle in conjunction with a major space industry employer.

Why choose this course?

  • This MEng degree course in aerospace engineering with space technology is part of a suite of aerospace degrees run by the University, which has an excellent, long-established reputation with the aerospace industry
  • The University of Hertfordshire has produced aerospace engineers with practical experience of design and development for future aerospace systems; You will have access to the best equipment: flight simulator, wind tunnels, specialist laboratories and CAE software
  • You will be offered the opportunity to take a short air-experience flight in the second year of the course, flying either a light aircraft or a microlight aircraft. Please note, this is subsidised by the University but still incurs an added cost
  • Our aerospace staff have a wealth of industrial experience which gives an applied approach to their teaching and their contacts prove invaluable to graduates seeking employment
  • Aerospace students from the University of Hertfordshire have previously completed work placement years at companies including: Airbus, MBDA, and Marshall Aerospace
  • Recent Aerospace Engineering graduates have gone on to work at organisations including The Royal Air Force, Jaguar Land Rover, and BAE Systems

What job can I get?

Career prospects for our graduates are excellent across the space, aircraft and defence sides of the aerospace industry. Graduates of this course are strong candidates for employment on projects such as the development of missile systems, satellites and space vehicles. An MEng makes you even more attractive to employers

Professional Accreditations

The MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering with Space Technology course is accredited by RAes and IMechE and satisfies, in full, the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration for the cohort intakes from 2016 up to, and including, 2020.

Course details

Careers

Career prospects for graduates are excellent across the space, aircraft, and defence sides of the aerospace industry. Graduates of this course are strong candidates for employment on projects such as the development of missile systems, satellites and space vehicles.

Teaching methods

The School has a reputation for innovation in teaching and learning with most modules delivered through a combination of traditional face to face teaching and distance learning through the university's StudyNet web based facility. StudyNet allows students to access electronic learning resources, electronic discussion with staff and other students, and, for some modules, submit coursework 24/7 from anywhere in the world! With a heavy emphasis on Computer Aided Engineering, the school has a policy of using industrial standard software wherever possible. The school also operate an open access laboratory policy of when possible students doing experiments in their own time.

What you will learn

You will become familiar with CATIA, a computer-aided design package popular in the aerospace industry, as well as industrial standard simulation software.

For many of our students, the highlights of the course are the group design projects in the Fourth Year where you join with other aerospace students to design a complete aircraft, and work with astrophysicists to design a space vehicle in conjunction with a major space industry employer.

More about the course

Design of a modern aerospace system requires a team of engineers, each with their own specialisation. Development of the systems often transcends national boundaries to international flight, worldwide satellite communications and deep space exploration and is a truly international industry.

The University has projects in both Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) and rocketry, with student projects, research and other activities already running. We have established the UK's premier UAV competition, in conjunction with the Royal Aeronautical Society, for universities across the UK and Europe.

We also have a link with two space tourism organisations, and this year we are building a scale prototype of a space-plane, which will be powered by jet engines and a rocket motor. This degree programme includes a module on rocket performance and propulsion.

You will have opportunities to gain flying experience at a local flying school. You will also benefit from use of our flight simulator which will enhance your understanding of aircraft performance, stability and control.

First Year:  You will study aerospace technology and industry, engineering mathematics, engineering applications of mathematics, materials and electrical science, mechanical science, introduction to manufacturing technology, career skills development, introduction to design, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics.

Second Year:  You will study aerothermodynamics, aerospace design, further engineering mathematics, computer-aided engineering, avionics systems, dynamics and data acquisition and control systems, project management and product development.

Third Year:  You have the option of taking an integrated one-year professional placement.

Fourth Year:  You will study aerospace performance, propulsion and design, control systems, rocket performance and propulsion, space dynamics, terrestrial and satellite communication systems, and an individual major project.

Final Year (4th or 5th):  You will study aerospace embedded systems, CFD techniques, FEA and applications, human resources management, successful project delivery, and a team project.

Work Placement

You have the opportunity to spend a year working either in a professional research environment or within industry. The practical experience you gain will be of tremendous benefit both when you resume your studies and when you embark on a career.

Study abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.

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Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Aerospace Technology & Industry - 15 Credits
  • Mechanical Science - 15 Credits
  • Fluid Mechanics & Thermodynamics - 15 Credits
  • Engineering Mathematics - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Dynamics - 15 Credits
  • Aerothermodynamics - 15 Credits
  • Aerospace Design - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Control Systems - 15 Credits
  • Rocket Performance and Propulsion - 15 Credits
  • Satellite Terrestrial Communication Systems - 15 Credits
  • Careers Portfolio - 0 Credits

Optional

  • Industrial Placement - 0 Credits
  • Year Abroad - 0 Credits

Level 7

Core Modules

  • Embedded Aerospace Systems - 15 Credits
  • Human Resource Management - 15 Credits
  • CFD Techniques - 15 Credits

Optional

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2019 entry 

120 - 168 UCAS points.  

BTEC, Advanced Diploma and Access not accepted. 

A levels to include Maths  and either Physics or Technology or Engineering based subjects excluding General Studies/Critical Thinking. 

IB - 120 points from a minimum of 3 HL subjects at grade 5 or above to include HL Maths and Physics (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).

GCSE Maths at grade 4 (C), English Language at grade 4 (C) or above.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. The following qualifications and grades will be considered: 

- GCSE English language grade 4 or above
- IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any band)

Other English language tests are accepted. 

Find out more about International entry requirements.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2020

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)